With gorgeous mountains, pristine lakes and untamed wilderness on its doorstep, the city of Whistler is an action junkie's paradise. Hiking, skiing, mountain climbing and river rafting are some of Whistler's biggest tourist attractions. But if trekking up a mountain or riding down a river is not your cup of tea, the city also has all the conveniences of a larger city, from shopping and sightseeing to wining and dining. It truly is one of those unique towns that encompasses the best of both worlds. Each neighborhood has something to offer, so why not start exploring right away?
The village is the main hub of Whistler. With over 200 stores, there is something to meet everyone's retail needs. It has everything from charming independent shops such as,
The Upper village area of Whistler is where many of the outdoors activities happen. Many access points to trailheads and slopes can be found here, along with countless other businesses such as the
This area of town is the place to go to for adventure and adrenaline.
Alpine Meadows/Nicklaus North
This area of town is the place to head to if you're thinking about hitting the slopes. The mountains surrounding Whistler are known for having some of the best skiing and snowboarding trails around. There are several companies to go through, such as
This area is home to Whistler's great summertime tradition -
Just up from Whistler's Upper Village is Blackcomb Mountain, an idyllic pedestrian-only area, which filters into both the Village Center and the glorious mountain. This area of town is one of the most exciting and luxurious. Some of the best hotels in the area are located here, like
Alta Vista/Blueberry Hill
Head over to this area of town for some beach time summer fun! The
This area is home to one of the most extreme biking businesses available to visitors.
With so much so close, there is no dispute that Whistler's primary appeal is its incredible natural beauty and some of the world's most exciting outdoor activities. But as awe-inspiring as Whistler's natural attributes are, much of its development as a premier destination is result of world-class lodging that keeps visitors warm and cozy. Whistler boasts a wonderful array of accommodation options, from luxurious mountain chalets to economical hotels.
The finest Whistler has to offer is proudly offered to those willing and able to afford it. A number of outstanding five-star hotels are along the Whistler Village mountainside. Those fortunate enough to experience these first-class getaways soon find that relaxation can be just as exciting as any day spent carving the ski slopes. The Westin Resort & Spa , fitted into the natural landscape of Whistler Mountain, will pamper you with unrivaled service, luxurious amenities and of course, rich, breathtaking surroundings. Depending on whether you prefer to be slope-side or in the heart of vibrant Whistler Village, The Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside and The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre aim to impress with opulent suites situated in what are often dubbed Whistler's two best addresses. Just to the north, considered the flagship hotel resort in the area, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has been consistently ranked among the top Ski and Golf resorts in North America. At this deluxe slope-side accommodation, the best of Whistler is literally at your doorstep. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler sits just at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, allowing you to ski in and out of North America's best slopes right from your room. In the summer, you may wish to stroll up to the first tee at the lush Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course that lines the hotel.
Of course, the excellence of Whistler resorts and hotels is also available for slightly more moderate rates. A number of fine four-star accommodations allow you to rest peacefully in the splendor of Whistler on a reasonable budget. The pet-friendly Summit Lodge & Spa offers unparalleled convenience to Whistler Village with service and amenities you might expect to find in the luxurious five-star resorts. If you're looking for a family-friendly, full-feature condo or even a romantic suite with ready access to Whistler's famous restaurants and clubs, turn to the always popular Delta Whistler Village Suites . Also in the center of town, the slope-side Mountainside Lodge is home to one of Whistler's favourite restaurants, Trattoria di Umberto . Visitors to Whistler looking for a quieter vacation getaway without the hustle and bustle of the lively Whistler Village find First Tracks Lodge a more than worthy, cozy alternative, located in nearby Creekside.
For those on a stricter budget, looking for value while staying in Whistler, the options are also plentiful. Just a three-minute walk to the Village lifts, the Tantalus Lodge offers two-bedroom suites, each equipped with a full kitchen and fireplace. The site also offers an outdoor pool, volleyball courts, and bbq facilities. Its no wonder this is a popular choice of large families and groups of young people. Possibly the best value in town, Pinnacle International Hotel, looks and feels like some of the more exclusive Whistler accommodations, but surely won't leave you broke. Also, one of Whistler's favorite restaurants, Quattro at Whistler is located on site.
Whether its a five-star honeymoon or a fun packed family vacation, Whistler and the excitement of all its natural blessings are made accessible by a variety of accommodations that are bound to make your stay a memorable one.
With the arrival of the first snow at Whistler, this small town gears up for its world-class winter season. But the typical slopes are not the only options for profiting from this abundance of snow. More advanced skiers will enjoy Powder Mountain Catskiing Ltd., a company that takes a groups of 12 high up into the Coastal Range to find the best powder skiing runs virtually untouched by other skiers. No lines, no waiting, and a long, exciting ski down the face await you! Definitely not novice skiers. Not much of a skier at all? Hop on a Sno-Limo and glide down the slopes in luxury. The Sno-Limo Mountain Ecotouring Inc. offers you the ride of a lifetime! Their custom-built chairs are designed with skis on the bottom and handles for the instructor, so all you have to do is sit back and relax and get whisked down the slopes in comfort. Snowmobiles are a fun way to explore the mountain with speed and comfort with Canadian Snowmobile Adventures. Equally fantastic is the opportunity to ski or snowboard the obscure slopes with your own helicopter chauffeur. Whistler Heli-Skiing and Coast Range Heliskiing Ltd. offers intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders a prestigious and private experience in the Coastal Range. Journey back in time to the time before motorized snow vehicles and glide along the snow behind a team of huskies. The winter landscape shall be at your fingertips with Whistler Dogsledding in their various tours of the mountains around Whistler. The early winter months are also the time when Bald Eagles are most easy to spot near Brackendale. Take a bus out to Bald Eagle Viewing and witness the majesty of these great birds as they nest and hunt for salmon in the river. Need to get away from the kids? Want to rekindle your romance? Take an old-fashioned sleigh ride with Blackcomb Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides and get the fire started. A lovely activity in itself, the sleigh ride can also include a delicious fondue dinner, hot cocoa, and a bonfire to top off a perfect evening.
Family Fun Tour
Though known mainly for its world-class skiing, Whistler is also a great place to bring the whole family for some outdoor bonding time. Winter or summer, an incredible variety of activities await you! Start the day at beautiful Rainbow Park located on the shore of Lake Alta. A perfect place for a family picnic, the park has a long bike trail, large grassy areas, mature trees, and panoramic natural beauty. Sandy beaches and shallow waters make this a great place to stay for the day, or simply for a quick and fun outing! If your family is feeling adventurous, head to Peak Adventure or Wedge Rafting, both will be the trip of a lifetime! The Peak Adventure includes a gondola ride to the Lodge, a chairlift to the base of the mountain, and a ride to the top! From there hiking and truly stunning 360 degree views of Whistler await you. Wedge Rafting is also a great option, from full day journeys to two-and-a-half hour trips. Everything is included, and you only need to bring your family and some sun block. Wetsuits, boots, rafting equipment, and transportation to and from the base is provided. Another great place for families (especially kids) is Whistler Blackcomb's Whistler Kids, where children of all ages participate in a variety of nature based activities, summer and winter. Kids will be ecstatic at the prospect of horseback riding, snowboarding, or archery. It's no wonder that Whistler draws so many nature lovers season after season!
While Whistler's fame derives primarily from its snowy slopes, the spring melt washes in a host of topnotch fair weather fun. Pass an unforgettable vacation in this mountain resort exploring the region's infinite possibilities. Start out with a trip crashing through the rapids in the magnificent scenery with Whistler River Adventures. Continue your exploration by land on horseback at Horseback Riding and survey the land from the peaks. Although the ocean is out of reach, the Beaches at Alta Lake are a lovely spot to take a dip and bask in the sun. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. Or enjoy your open-air Saturday lunch in the fields, sampling the local flavors at Feast of Fields . For lessons on all the ins and outs of fishing, Valley Fishing Guides Ltd. will teach you where and how to find that big catch.
No matter how breathtaking the panoramic views from Whistler Peak or how thrilling the descent down the powdery slopes, half the fun of any vacation is when it's finally time to eat.
If you can't tear yourself from the mountains for even a moment, you will have no trouble finding a spot to dine. Casual-dining restaurants pepper the mountainside, starting at the top of 7th Heaven Express with Horstman Hut, which offers an array of snacks, drinks, and an outdoor BBQ at 7494 feet above sea level. At mid-station on Whistler Mountain, tucked into the pines, is Raven's Nest Mountain Deli, where you can enjoy soups, salads, and sandwiches while you admire the sweeping valley below. At the base of Blackcomb Mountain, Monk's Grill Steak House & Bar lures the weary skier with its outdoor patio, spicy chicken wings, fresh seafood, and an exceptional selection of draught beer.
If you're looking for white linen table cloths to complement the snowy peaks, try Christine's, where at 6000 feet up, you can taste savory gourmet soups as part of a multi-course lunch, and top it off with fondue. Or indulge in the culinary expertise of Aubergine Grille with a menu that changes seasonally and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the majestic Rainbow and Sproat Mountains.
For those who can venture a little ways from the slopes (though surely not very far) to explore the restaurants nestled in the village below, Whistler offers fare of all varieties. To satisfy that sushi craving, try Zen Sushi, Teppan Village, or Sushi Village, with its unique Sake Margaritas to warm up your hands and feet in a flash. For Italian-style cuisine, Trattoria di Umberto offers hearty pasta and mouth-watering meat dishes. To complement its award-winning wine list, Quattro at Whistler has roaring fireplaces, silk chandeliers overhead and contemporary Italian cuisine.
For great Mediterranean, Kypriaki Norte delivers a warm atmosphere and a sizable menu full of seafood, steak, and traditional paellas. French cuisine finds its way into this pine paradise at Crêpe Montagne, where patrons choose between a variety of scrumptious crepe delicacies served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a warm bowl of ramen, Amani, located on the second floor of The Sundial Boutique Hotel, specializes in rice, soup, and noodle dishes, offering a 10% discount on take-out orders for those looking to cozy up in their hotel rooms for the evening.
Vegetarians, please be advised: Gone Bakery's extensive soup selection always includes 3 savory, meatless options. And be sure to check out The Beetroot Café, where organic ingredients are fashioned into healthy snacks, from breakfast burritos to black bean burgers.
A mecca of eclectic tastes, Whistler nourishes its vacationers and adventurers with cuisine from all corners of the globe. With décor that is never lacking, whether casual or candlelit, Whistler restaurants dazzle the palate and stun the sightseer with windows that look out onto spectacular mountain views.